B. J. Lazan

This award was established in 1967 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding original technical contributions to experimental mechanics. In 1973 this award was named in honor of Dr. Benjamin J. Lazan, a pioneer in his field who achieved recognition in dynamic testing, vibration, materials damping and fatigue.

 

The award honors inventors, developers or contributors to the introduction of new devices or methods.

Nominations are solicited from the general membership by the Honors Committee.

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2020 Recipient

Picture of Herzl Chai

For your discovery of compressive delamination in thin films and development of models accounting for related mixed-mode fracture effects.

Herzl Chai
Herzl Chai earned his Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering from Caltech in 1982. He was a visiting scientist at the US Air force’s Materials Laboratory from 1982 to 1988 before joining the Polymers Division at NIST/MD as tenured research engineer. In 1992 he joined the faculty of the School of Mechanical Engineering at Tel-Aviv University. Along with collaborators, Prof. Chai has published over 90 papers dealing with delamination and debonding in composites and adhesive joints, structural instability and crashworthiness, contact buckling, and fracture of dental teeth and its relationship to human evolution. Dr. Chai serves as a member of the editorial board of IJSS.

Past Recipients

The Society acknowledges the following individuals who were given the B.J. Lazan Award in the past.
 
2019 - E. Patterson 1999 - D.F. Adams 1980 - J.E. Starr
2018 - Daniel Rittel 1998 - M.Y.Y. Hung 1979 - M. Leven
2017 - F. Pierron 1997 - J. McKelvie 1978 - W.T. Bean
2016 - D. Adams 1996 - A.J. Rosakis 1977 - G.R. Irwin
2015 - M. Grediac 1995 - C.W. Smith 1976 - J.C. Telinde
2014 - F. Hild 1993 - F-P. Chiang 1975 - M.E. Fourney
2013 - G.S. Schajer 1992 - W.H. Peters III 1974 - J.F. Bell
2012 - K.T. Ramesh 1992 - M.A. Sutton 1973 - S.S. Manson
2011 - N. Sottos 1992 - W.F. Ranson 1972 - D. Post
2010 - I. Emri 1991 - C.A. Sciammarella 1971 - D.R. Harting
2009 - E. Gdoutos 1990 - M.M. Lemcoe 1970 - F. Zandman
2008 - H.D. Espinosa 1989 - H.F. Brinson 1969 - A.C. Ruge
2007 - S. Nemat-Nasser 1988 - S.P. Wnuk 1968 - G. Ellis
2006 - Y.J. Chao 1987 - D.L. Brown  
2005 - G. Ravichandran 1986 - A.J. Durelli  
2004 - Y. Morimoto 1985 - A. Lagarde  
2003 - K.M. Liechti 1984 - I.M. Daniel  
2002 - A. Shukla 1983 - K.A. Stetson  
2001 - W.N. Sharpe, Jr. 1982 - S.J. Green  
2000 - W.G. Knauss 1981 - A.S. Kobayashi